Scripture is a door and a feast if you ask the right questions. When I started leading a Bible study at my church, I had the daunting task of choosing the first book for us to study. I don’t remember exactly why I chose Jeremiah, but I vividly remember the face a fellow seminary student made when I told her. “You’re going to have to warn them,” she said, “that it’s such a difficult book.” So when I announced that we were spending the next six months in Jeremiah (because that is how long it takes to study 52 dense…

Spiritual disciplines matter all the time, but we need to be reminded of that in tumultuous times. Right now, it seems the world is on fire. And, ironically, that’s why we need to get some time with Jesus. Spiritual disciplines matter all the time, but we need to be reminded of that in tumultuous times. Spiritual Disciplines Over the past three decades the topic of spiritual disciplines has experienced something of a renewal. Writers like Dallas Willard, Richard Foster, Don Whitney, and others have shown believers the importance of, to use Whitney’s phrase, disciplining ourselves for the pursuit of godliness….

Following Church tradition and the Bible could help us steward creation through our diets. In recent years, environmentalists and animal rights activists have called for Christians to commit to veganism during Lent. But while the practice may be growing as a lifestyle choice, fasting from animal products is an ancient Lenten tradition far predating current interest in veganism. As Christians around the world begin the observation of Lent, contemporary thinkers consider how the practice of fasting squares with current science on the impact of cutting meat and dairy from our diets, calling believers to think of the practice not only…